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Response to FAQ: When do I need a will?

One of the questions I am most frequently asked by my friends and family members in relation to my work is, “When do I need a will?”. As a lawyer who assists people with wills and estate planning, I cannot stress enough the importance of planning ahead to ensure your loved ones are looked after [...]

By |September 4th, 2018|Family, Real Estate, Uncategorised, Wills & Estates|

Welcoming Charlotte Edwards as an Associate to Kennedy Schofield Lawyers

We are very pleased to announce that Charlotte Edwards joined us as an Associate Lawyer in June 2018. Charlotte will be offering legal services in the areas of family law, and wills and estates, including probate. She is in the process of completing her Land Registration Course, and once complete, will also be practicing in [...]

By |June 26th, 2018|Family, Real Estate, Wills & Estates|

What Do I Need to Consider If My Marriage is Ending?

The divorce rate in Canada is over 50%, which means that many families are deciding that they would be happier living separately than together. When a couple decides to separate there are decisions that need to be made so that the family can move on in the best possible way financially and emotionally.  Here are [...]

By |May 18th, 2018|Civil Litigation, Family, Real Estate, Wills & Estates|

It’s a New Year!  What’s on Your “TO DO” List?

I have to admit I love the New Year.   It feels to me like a fresh start, and it motivates me to start taking care of some of those things that have been taking up space in my head; my mental “to do” list.  In January I clean out closets, make appointments for medical checkups [...]

Commercial Leases – Protecting Yourself & Your Business

So you are starting your business and you decide you need a place to sell your products. You look for the perfect location and find a great rental opportunity, but is it? This opportunity is a commercial opportunity and means you would be signing a commercial lease and there are big differences between a commercial [...]

By |October 5th, 2017|Civil Litigation, Corporate & Commercial, News, Real Estate|

My House is Haunted, Can I Sue?

This is a hot topic among real estate lawyers and I want to look at some of the issues with buying a haunted house, in the spirit of the Halloween season. In Nova Scotia, when you are purchasing a home, we say that the law is “Buyer beware”. This means that the Seller is required [...]

By |October 25th, 2016|Civil Litigation, Real Estate|

Restrictive Covenants: How will they affect my ownership?

When purchasing a property you will want to know whether there are any covenants attached to your property. Covenants are typically referred to as ‘restrictive covenants.’ A restrictive covenant is normally contained in a deed conveying land. Restrictive covenants are essentially the things you are not permitted to do on, to, over or under land [...]

By |July 19th, 2016|Real Estate|

Buying a House – Getting Started

Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog finally retire from the Muppet Show and decide to purchase a small ocean front home in Nova Scotia, where the living is easy and the veterinary care excellent. They hire a local realtor who knows the area and fly up to look at houses. Miss Piggy, who has very [...]

By |June 1st, 2016|Real Estate|

Legal Separation: Fact or Fiction

It is not uncommon for potential clients to tell me at the first consultation that they are looking for assistance in securing a “legal separation”. I have heard this term enough that I have often wondered where it originated. It was also a commonly used term when I was practicing in Ontario. To be clear, [...]

By |May 24th, 2016|Family, Real Estate|

Should We Get Married? Common-Law vs. Marriage

Many people assume that as it is 2016 the rights and obligations associated with marriage are extended to those in common-law relationships. While to a certain extent this is true, it is more complicated than one might expect and it is important that people understand the differences before entering into a relationship. The leading authority [...]

By |May 18th, 2016|Family, Real Estate|